Wisbech Town’s new best Friend

Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Jack Friend
Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Jack Friend

Wisbech Town 4, Thetford 1

Thomas Clarkson schoolboy Jack Friend became the youngest player to score for Wisbech Town at Thurlow Nunn league level on Saturday.

See his goal and others on http://youtu.be/RXuLcgWqZdI

The Fenmen ended their run of three Thurlow Nunn League games without a win and really should have scored more goals at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

But the 281 fans present will have really enjoyed the fourth Wisbech goal which was put into the net by 16-year-old local lad Jack Friend on his first appearance for the first team.

Manager Steve Appleby was desperate for his side to get back on track and they wasted little time scoring the opener inside the first two minutes with Dubi Ogbonna breaking well on the left and crossing the ball for Chris Bacon to steer the ball in to the net.

The real surprise after was that Wisbech did not add to their tally in the first half against a poor Thetford side. Ogbonna was always a threat and three times had shots saved by the Thetford keeper and on the third occasion he had ignored unmarked Bacon close by.

Deakan Napier, making his home debut, impressed with his speedy runs and relentless working and also had a good effort saved at the foot of the post. He looks a really good signing.

Towards the end of the half Thetford did gain more possession but the nearest they came to a goal was when defender Kieran Morphew headed over a corner.

Wisbech came out the blocks fast in the second half and in the 51st minute Ogbonna’s pass slipped Matt Lunn free and he pulled the ball back from the bye line for Neal Spafford to score.

Three minutes later Lunn was the architect again when his cross picked out Bacon to score his second goal.

Dubi Ogbonna was replaced by brother Tony and he had two good chances almost straight away but missed from two yards when he misheaded for the best of them.

Thetford managed to pull a goal back when a free kic was allowed to reach the far post and Valter Roche turned the ball home.

Then on came schoolboy Friend who seemed determined to make the most of his chance. He soon headed into the side netting and then fired across the face of the goal before finally finding the net at the third attempt.

He picked up a loose ball in the box and wriggled his way round two defenders before slotting the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper with a calm finish from close range. Then despite his small size he rose to head a Napier corner over the bar. What an impact and what a young talent.

Appleby said: “We did really well and should have punished them with more goals in the first half but were a bit sloppy.

“The only thing that would have beaten Wisbech today was Wisbech but we upped our game after the break played some good football and created a lot of chances. Then to cap it all we had young Jack come on and do really well.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Neal Spafford, Jon Fairweather, Paul Cousins, Stacy Cartwright; Deakan Napier, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Matt Lunn; Chris Bacon, Dubi Ogbonna. Subs used: Rogan McGeorge, Toby Ogbonna, Jack Friend.

Thetford return to the Fenland Stadium next Tuesday for a Red Insure Cup-tie (providing there is no FA Vase replay).